PRODUCTION at a £1 million micro-brewery in Burton will not resume until the end of the year at the earliest, the Mail can reveal.
Bosses at Molson Coors 'hope' efforts to improve working conditions at the William Worthington Brewery, based at the National Brewery Centre, in Horninglow Street, will be completed before the end of 2014.
Production of historic ales such as Worthington's White Shield was 'temporarily paused' in April while senior figures worked on a raft of 'safety' improvements across the site.
A spokesman for Molson Coors said: "Work is still under way and we appreciate the interest and support expressed by the community while the William Worthington Brewery has been closed.
"The Worthington brand is an important part of our Burton heritage and our brewing future.
"In hindsight, we were a little over-optimistic on the time it would take to complete the work we had identified.
"We hope to be up and running again before the end of the year."
A major review was sparked to look at how machinery could be 'reconfigured to make brewing, cleaning and maintenance easier' at the site, which opened in 2010.
The company is still using existing stocks of the brewery's beers. Bosses were also quick to stress that the brewery was not closing permanently and no staff were facing redundancy due to the ongoing issues.